Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Grey stallion - XVII.17

Images

colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1865-90 (XVII.17)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1865-90 (XVII.17)

  • x-ray of the neck of a wooden horse showing metal nails

    X-ray of the neck of a carved wooden horse (XVII.8)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.7)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.17)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.17)

  • Photo of strips of different colours annotated to explain different paint layers

    Paint analysis of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings.( XVII.7)

  • Interior view of wooden horse

    Endoscope image showing the materials and construction details visible inside the body cavity of horse. (XVII.9)

Object number: XVII.17

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.17
Maximum height: 198 cm
Maximum length: 222 cm
Body length: 168 cm
Head height: 145 cm
Girth: 187 cm

Wooden Horse - Grey stallion - XVII.17

Description

Construction

‘Battenberg’ four block type

Type of Wood

Oak

Pose

Head: Angled
Legs: Front left raised; Back hooves on the ground

Distinguishing Features

Mane: On left-hand side, good detail but not fully undercut. Plait.

2012-13 Research

Paint Analysis:
Ten paint treatments
Primer: Lead white, left dirty
Undercoat: Grey
Original topcoat: Possibly black
Today’s topcoat: Grey

Endoscope:
Hollowed like a canoe with clear gouge marks visible

X-ray:
Results awaited

Dendrochronology:
Cores sampled from some of the oak baulks used in this horse were examined by Dr Daniel Miles and identified as originating from the Eastern Baltic region. Tree-ring analysis achieved a good match for some cores with a dated sequence from the area suggesting a probable felling date between 1675 and 1691.

Current Attribution:
Carver unknown

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.17
Maximum height: 198 cm
Maximum length: 222 cm
Body length: 168 cm
Head height: 145 cm
Girth: 187 cm

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